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Mule Deer Project Field Manager – Crawford, Nebraska
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
$12/hour (approximately $1920/month plus housing)
Last Date to Apply
The Project Field Manager will be in charge of running the daily field operations for a mule deer research project in the Pine Ridge National Forest and Oglala National Grasslands in northwestern Nebraska as part of a collaborative research project between the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission. Primary duties involve daily monitoring of fawn collars via radio telemetry and investigating related mortality events. The Project Field Manager will also maintain ongoing camera-trap grids and assist with processing and cataloging camera data.
Previous mortality investigation experience is preferred. Applicants must have knowledge of basic radio-telemetry techniques, and strong preference will be given towards individuals with field experience locating VHF tags via ground telemetry as well as individuals with experience working alone in isolated field locations. Applicants should be able to navigate effectively in the backcountry with GPS, map, and compass. Experience processing trail camera data is a plus.
Critically, candidates must be able to work independently with little direct daily supervision and maintain a positive attitude during long hours of fieldwork. Applicants must be capable of walking 10+ miles a day over varied terrain through all weather conditions (heat, humidity, deep snow, ice, rain), tolerate biting insects, and be prepared to deal with uncomfortable vegetation (poison ivy/oak). Successful applicants will be detail oriented when collecting data, capable of maintaining field equipment, and able to work odd or long hours while maintaining a good work ethic. Applicants must be able to follow field protocols accurately. If hired, applicants will be required to communicate with private landowners, so it is important to be able to represent the research project in a professional and friendly manner.
Applicants must possess a valid driver’s license and a clean driving record. The Project Field Manager is expected to drive responsibly and avoid damage to vehicles. Field housing will be provided. The estimated time period for employment will be from approximately late January 2022 through June 2022, with flexibility in start and end dates.
To apply, please send a SINGLE pdf file containing a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of at least 3 professional references (AT LEAST 1, but preferably all 3 references will have worked directly with you in the field) to Hunter Ellsworth at NebraskaMuleDeerProject@gmail.com with “NE mule deer position” in the subject line. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.